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really does have an independent streak. >> rose: we continue with a look at the future of latin america with john coatsworth dean of columbia university international and public affair, kevin cassas zamora of the brookings institution and former vice president of costa rica, greg grandin at new york university and michael shifter, incoming president of the interamerican dialogue. justice stevens and latin america, coming up. >> funding for charlie rose has been provided by the coca-cola company. supporting this program since 2002. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is chaálie rose. >> justice john paul stevens today announced his retirement from the supreme court. he had been on the court 34 years. he was known as the leader of the liberal wing. he is the fourth longest serving justice in u.s. history. he was appointed by republican president gerald ford but he was hardly beholden to conservatives. "the new york times" wrote that he may be the last justice from a time when the independence rather than perceived ideology were perceived a
and doing well at this. but at the same time all the countries in the me john know america plays an indispensable role and we'd like america to continue to do that. >> rose: a conversation about china, the united states, asia, and the world with the prime minister of singapore when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: singapore's prime minister lee hsein loong is here. he is in the united states this week for the nuclear security summit and for meetings with american officials, including the secretary of state. he's been prime minister since 2004, he's only the city state's third prime minister. he is the son of lee kwan yue, singapore's founding father. i am pleased to have him back on this broadcast with me while he's making this visit to washington. welcome. >> hello. >> rose: tell me what you think was accomplished at this summit of 46 nations. >> i think president obama did the world a service. this is an issue, nuclear security and nuclear terrorism which is important but not urgent. it's
not think any true picture of equality in america alone is simply the picture of black and white america, although we think that is the most important historical lens through which to look at the quality, but there is the growing hispanic and latino communities. secondly, my gut tells me, my political instincts tell me that a relationship, a working relationship, between the hispanic community and the black community around issues is something that is good for us and good for the nation. that does not mean that there are not going to be some places where we disagree, where our views may not exactly meche, but it is important as we look at the quality -- where our views may not exactly mesh. what the hispanic quality index shows is a wider situation which is not quite as large as between whites and african-americans. all of the numbers that are available for black america and white america are not available for hispanic americans, so the index is not a perfect match, but it models the index that we have had for the last six or seven years when it comes to the relationship between black an
in america as well. >> you mean that wealth and prosperity are not ultimately fulfilling, and this creates, in fact, a craving for spirituality at a certain point, that what you're saying? and this is true with muslims true? >> well, islam -- islamic teaching is balanced between the economic and the wealth and the spiritual well-being. so both have to go hand in hand. and when people focus only on the economic advancements without the spirituality islam says that will take them eventually to their own direction. >> imam, you know that as this program proceeds we're going to be talking about what the koran says about jesus. >> yes, sir. >> and i think our audience is going to be quite surprised about what the koran does say about jesus. and how much it reveres jesus, while not, of course, assuming that he is the son of god. but that he is a prophet and he is a divine prophet, if a sense without actually having divinity we'll get to that? a moment. but you see opposite a gentleman that has been sitting patiently. he's not muslim, he's christian, he's southern baptist and he's a pastor here i
know our markets are important. and let me say one thing: this is important for america's leadership in the world. we lead in the financial sector. it's one of these parts in the economy we lead. but if people don't trust our market, we can't maintain that leadership. that's why this regulatory reform is not against wall street, it's fundamentally in the interest of the economy. wall street, though, has advanced beyond regulatory supervision and we need to catch up in a way that ensures we don't have the crisis we had in the past and we're prepared for fure ones. >> rose: banks have been lobbying hard against derivatives. >> yes, they have. >> rose: republicans have been up here raising money and talking about it. accusing the president of playing politics. conventional wisdom says the tough herself things are derivatives and consumer agency inside the federal reserve. >> that's two of them. but without a doubt those are in the top three or four issues. but here's... i don't want to have to just repeat what i said about the derivatives, but i take fit you look at this, this is an are
. the keynote speaker praised tea party america for being involved in for the people. the hunter is an experience of republican strategists who planned this. the tea party movement is independent. why are republicans running it? >> i am a conservative activist. i worked for ronald reagan in 1966. i am more interested in conservatives than obama. >> god bless the united states of america. >> where this is heading in who it is benefiting is not clear. many americans are calling them a tea party supporter. it is a force to be reckoned with. bbc news, boston. >> im jonathan charles. the u.k., denmark are many countries shutting down their airspace as volcanic ash is spreading south from iceland. equipment is pouring into china a day after an earthquake there killed more than 600 people. political history is about to be made and it could change the outcome of the prime minister general election of the decade. leaders are making their final preparations for the first ever televised election debate, the first of three. the focus will be on domestic policy. our political correspondent re
leaders hosted by an american president since fdr is occurring in america. barack obama has a stark warning for his fellow leaders. groups like al qaeda are known to be trying to obtain nuclear weapons and will not hesitate to use them. >> a moment of present -- hesitation for president obama. >> hillary clinton -- >> is national security team spend the weekend in television studios, making their case. the assumption is that al qaeda will, if attempting to try, it will eventually succeed at gaining nuclear weapons. the aim of this nuclear summit is a detailed plan to secure under -- secure nuclear materials. countries are committed to cracking down on nuclear smuggling. chile was so concerned that it asked american technicians to remove the in rich uranium. not all nuclear capable states have signed up. president obama has brought almost all of the nuclear powers together, even though they remain outside of the non- proliferation treaty. analysts call that a significant step. >> that will be very important that all of these states are gathering together here to discuss this issue in
to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening. i'm daljit dhaliwal. welcome to our final edition of "worldfocus." as we prepare to end our 18-month run we want to remind you one last time about america's place in the world. the united states is the third most populous country with 310 million people. our population actually represents only 4.5% of the world. telling you about those other 6.5 billion people, not just their politics but their customs and traditions, filling in the details about their lives has been our mission and our passion. that is exactly what we hope to do one last time tonight with a series of snapshots celebrating life around the globe. we start with the baseball season. now just days away. so what better place to start then in cuba where the so-called american past time is played and argued about with a ferociousness rarely seen in this country. "worldfocus" special correspondent peter eisner brought us this story about the
is they are right, but what does this say about our discourse in america? >> we are playing with big space. i am playing in this game, too, and we are debating the future shape of the republican party, the kind of party it is going to be, and that involves whether or not we're going to take account of this health care problem, so i think there's a lot at stake and i understand why people feel strongly. i ve no complaints. i think what we have to decide as republicans -- if someone has given you bad advice, get them out of the building, but maybe it is good advice, and i can make the case may be the vice i was offered was the right advice. >> what do you make of all the turmoil existing now in the republican party? they are calling for the ouster of michael steele, the parti's share -- party's chair. is happening on the right as you see it? >> let me talk about michael steele, who has made many steps in -- missteps. i will defend him. i think the republican party needs him. it need him as a voice and a symbol. we just had a sharp reminder of why that is so. gov. bob macdonald of virginia, someone
, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters. >>> welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. as many of you know, a regular feature here on "worldfocus" has been our "signature stories." reports filed by our own staff members who have travelled the globe reporting on issues that we believe are important but largely ignored. in the fall of 2008, in our first few months on the air, we brought you a series of "signature stories" called 21st century africa. those reports were produced by "worldfocus" special correspondent martin seemungal, who has spent decades covering that continent. if the only pictures that you have seen from that continent over the years have been of war or famine, stick around for the next half hour or so. first up, one of the biggest stories from africa to have flown under the radar, that continent's china connection. to find out what it's all about, martin seemungal went to ken and neighboring tanzania. >> reporter: these young ke
unique because if you look to america the biggest newspaper, "u.s.a. today" and "wall street journal" reach about approximately 3.5 million readers per day. the biggest t.v. show "america's got talent" i think is reaching 11.7, something like that. in germany, there's no t.v. that reaches everyday as much readers as "bild." it's a unique brand, a very strong marketplace. so we said let's use this figure in order to make our 12 million readers potential reporters. so we asked them to send us stories, particularly to send us video content, to send us photos. until today, more than 600,000 photos have been sent. we have printed 18,000. >> rose: am i going to want to read your publications here? or am i going to read in the print? >> you know what? i don't mind. i see ourselves as content producers, branded content producers, marketeers of branded content and if more and more readers will prefer to read it on tablet devices, i like it. because we save printing costs. we save distribution costs, we save paper costs. so in a way it is boosting our business. >> rose: but isn't it inevitable
and america, and president obama from a historical perspective next. >> funding for charlie rose has been provided by the coming. if you've had a coke in the last 20 years, ( screams ) you've had a hand in giving college scholarships... and support to thousands of our nation's... most promising students. ♪ ( coca-cola 5-note mnemonic ) captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: president obama and his russian counterpart president medvedev signed an arms reduction treaty in prague practicaling for nations to trim their stockpiles. about 30% less than currently allowed. this would bring the two countries arsenals to their lowest levels since the end of the cold war. the treaty still has to be ratified by lawmakers in both countries, though the two sides disagree over the future of u.s. missile defense plan, obama medvedev said the fact was a sign of improving relations. >> our relationship had started to drift making it difficult to cooperate on issues of common interest to our people. and when the united states and russi
. >> welcome to bbc world news, broadcast to viewers in pbs and america. also, around the globe. coming up later, and what exactly is going on in these pictures? election observers in sudan say this vote rigging. and the ups and downs @ goldman sachs. the huge bank made another profit, but faces another fraud investigation. >> hello and welcome. >> see the news unfold. the globe and click to play the in-depth, expert reporting of "bbc world news" online. >> this is the scene at london's heathrow, normally the world's busiest international airport. a volcanic eruption in iceland shows signs of decreasing and british authorities agreed with the airlines it is possible to find safe routes through areas of lower level of cash. the rest of europe is likely to do the same -- lower-level of volcanic ash. the rest of europe is likely to do the same and for the hundreds of thousands of passengers that are stranded and businesses affected, it is not over yet. richard scott reports. >> we did not know it at the time, but this long-haul plane landed in the u.k. tonight, the first since the crisis bega
in america, also around the globe, with me, peter dobbie. coming up later for you -- smoke bombs and fistfights. ukrainian lawmakers come to blows over russia's black sea fleet. and forgotten in pakistan. a year after the fighting, we report from one of the biggest camps for the displaced. our news today dominated by three financial stories, all with potentially huge consequences. first the embattled investment bank goldman sachs repeatedly put its own interests ahead of the interests of its clients. that was the start of a stinging attack delivered by u.s. senators. they began grilling several of the bank's executives. goldman sachs is accused of profiting from the housing collapse. the bank denies the allegations. here is our north america editor. >> it is at the click of cameras, not of firing squad. this is the young trader at fabrice tourre, named in charges, accused of secretly -- encouraging others to invest. >> i denied the sec allegations and i will defend myself in court against this false claim. >> senators accused wall street of unbridled greed, contemptuously compari
viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- could this be the missing link? the skeleton found by a schoolboy in south africa that could be a new species of human. and the eye in the sky on global warming. europe launches satellite to melt the polar ice caps. >> they have picked up -- to measure the polar ice cap -- icecaps. >> they have picked up. they will find out if it will do what is meant to do, to measure the state of the polar ice. >> hello to you. the american and russian presidents have signed a treaty committing to the biggest cuts in nuclear weapons as the cold war ended 20 years ago. long-range warheads have been cut by about a third. for many, the significance is not in the numbers, but in the new starts both leaders say it represents and the warning it makes for any nation seeking nuclear weapons. president medvedyev supported increased pressure on iran. we have this from prague. >> in prague, a day of history. the motorcades of two cold war adversaries snake through the old streets. the leaders of america and russia w
to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, the world comes to shanghai. and look at the future ahead of this expo. he says he has not eaten in 74 years. doctors try to find out if this could be true. >>> in britain, the final and probably most combative debate of the current election campaign has just taken place. the three main party leaders clashed over immigration, the state of the economy, and bonuses. many solid as the primer to the campaign before voters go to the polls next week. i>> one last debate, one more week, one final chance to speak directly to millions of voters who have yet to make up their minds. the first question asked for more detail on how they would cut spending. gordon brown attacked, warning his plans would shrink the economy. again and again that tory leader refused to engage, climbing this is desperate -- claiming this was desperate stuff from a desperate man. about what david would do is take 6 million pounds of the economy and put our economy at risk. david, you just have it wrong economically and is the same mist
in america and around the globe. later -- a spectacular opening for the shanghai expo 2010. china spends big time to reinforce its global influence. it and vietnam marks 35 years since the war ended with the fall of saigon. >>> british petroleum is facing growing criticism over the giant oil spill in the gulf of mexico. u.s. homeland security chief is urging the british oil company to commit more resources to clean up operation the oil slick is washing up on the coast of louisiana and is threatening three other states. this is the latest images from space and how far it is projected to spread by saturday. >> along the coastline, the future of some of the most fragile x systems hangs in the balance -- ecosystems hangs and the balance. the marshlands are home to hundreds of species. it now a sinister mass slowly seeping among the isolated inlet's is approaching their delicate world. we moved along one of those inlet's into the gulf of mexico, past the armada of vessels trying to save the entire area, just off the coast we found the edge of the slick. i don't know how obvious it is on televisio
and welcome to gmt. oil washing ashore along the coast of louisiana as fears grow that america is facing the worst environmental disaster in decades. oil is leaking from an underwater well that was damaged last week. president obama has pledged every available resource to help. >> louisiana wait for the inevitable. one of america's most sensitive nationanatural habitats, and the pollution stretching over thousands of square miles. more than one week after the disaster, and this is how it looks now, moving slowly to involve the shoreline. it seems that nothing can stop the it. -- stop it. >> the effort said will be required are just mindboggling. >> makeshift booms are being rolled out in an attempt to put up barriers. how effective they will be, no one knows. the military has been called in. a state of emergency has been declared. attempts to burn off some of the oil has not stopped the advance. this was the oil rig last week shortly before it sank, killing 11 oil workers. the explosion ripped away a pipeline, leading to an oil well 5,000 feet beneath the surface. it is now sprouting lea
airlines in america after 9/11. - and you know, and i would expect that to happen. >> and one low cost airline that often sells tickets for just a few dollars is putting strict limits on what it pays out to passengers. >> the european airlines that have been prevent i'd flying by the european governments are now going to ensure a last resort for people's hotels and meals. we will refund more than the ticket price, reasonable reseated hotel and meals occurred by disrupted passengers. there will be no compensation but we'll meet a reasonable need. >> it's not just european airlines but the financial dam has been global and the wake up for next time. >> clearly an issue that we need to reckon with. i think this event is really something that will help the industry understand and learn how to deal with those situations a little more effectively. but volcanic eruptions are part of our business. absolutely. >> almost all of europe's skies are open again and people are making they're way back by whatever ways they can find. some by train. some with troops returning from afghanistan on a n
, america is bracing itself for what to become one of its worst ecological disasters. >> auto show opens to the press today ahead of the official opening on tuesday. among 19 new vehicles been launched with foreign manufacturers alternative piece of the booming chinese market. the country had almost no private class 15 years ago. lester come over to u.s. to become the biggest auto market. the olympic and 400 or mediumetr champion has tested positive for steroids. he plans toblames it on an over- the-counter male enhancement products. back to you. >> thank you. for the first time, surgeons have performed what they're calling a full face transplanted the operation was carried out in spain on a young man who has been unable to swallow, speak, or breathe properly after farming accident five years ago. the death of another man and a road accident has been his lifeline as an interface has been donated and now transplanted. the plastic surgery and burns unit in buffalo. joining me is our medical correspondent. first of all, talk us through. with some computer-generated pictures of this operatio
on this interview say that the image of jesus about any new view of about any new view of jesus in america. we'll ask the author of american stephen broth row with another view on the live line. visual audio captionings producy www.visualaudiocaptioning.com barack obama barac barack obama barack obama >> dr. stephen prothero, welcome. your book has a central proposition, what is the proposition in the book? >> i think there's two. one is that jesus is many and mal oohable, there isn't just one jesus but there's many and the other is that jesus isn't just for christians in the united states, christians love jesus but so do buddhists and jews and hindus and people without any religion whatsoever. >> the jesus image is multiadaptble because we are a 3489 religious nation. >> that's right, we're a multireligious nation but also a christian nation where 80% or so of the country are christians and they put jesus on the national agenda and then people of all different religions and without any at all respond to that figure. >> why did thomas jefferson become consumed with revising the bible by omitti
fault, really." they came out of their bunker to swear they didn't sell america short so what do you make of this? >> i didn't expect the s.e.c. to come out with the big howitzer today the way it did. goldman, i thought, at least could take comfort or defense in the esoteric of this, how hard it is to go home and explain to your mother, i have to use metaphors like wall street turning out tainted hamburger meat and by the end of the conversation the per is more confused than the beginning of the conversation. goldman is relying on a defense of diffusion of responsibility-- "how were we to know it was it was going to fall apart." the ratings agencies were supposed to tell us these were not as robust as they were. if you peel down the layers of the deal, you realize there was another mechanism that goldman and paulson cold. you have a patsy in that trade in effect, and i'm pretty struck that the s.e.c. was aggressive as it was getting to the heart of the trade. >> rose: the s.e.c.. does this represent because they've been under such attack over the last several years, a new aggressive
viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the globe. coming up on the program, a place of shame. this is a secret iraqi prison, where inmates were beaten, tortured, and abuse. the world's biggest festival. well, no matter how much politicians try to control the election campaign, the unexpected always seems to happen. today, the british prime minister gordon brown, already in third place in the opinion polls, called a woman "bigoted." he made the remarks as he got back in his car, unaware that he was still wearing a microphone. he apologized at her home. nick robinson reports. >> hello, how are you? >> they said he wanted to meet more ordinary voters. after all, what on earth could possibly go wrong? >> they voted labour all of their life. >> it started well enough when the widow was introduced to gordon brown, and she is a widow. >> the deficit reduction plan, cutting the debt. we have the plan set out to do it. >> he seemed happy to talk, so she moved on, to the subject voters worry about and their leaders move cautiously around. immigration. >> all of these eastern europeans
stranded in america and asia. we also understand we are talking about at least 70,000 british people on top of that other north european use of spain as a hub to get home. we understand there's a 15% increase in demand for services already with a huge increase in the number of passengers from madrid and barcelona to paris and four passengers hoping to get on from there, passengers doing whatever they can to get to northern europe. >> it does sound like a ray of hope for many passengers, but the logistical challenge of being that hub is massive, is it not? >> it is. at the moment we do not have any concrete information on how it would work. they will be discussing that amongst other things that a meeting of eu transport ministers. it will be a video conference, of course, as the ministers cannot physically meet at the moment. that is the main discussion, how they can possibly help in terms of getting passengers back from northern europe. there are already hundreds of thousands of people stranded here in spain itself. at least 40,000 british citizens are in spain trying to get home at the mom
that they made money in asia, latin america, and europe. their sales grew 37% for the quarter. >> the devastation and the airline industry after though -- eruption of the icelandic volcano could be as much as $3.3 billion. they said that there might be a case for state aid to support airlines and they have promised a review of how stranded passengers are treated. dominic's use was at the briefing and joins me live from brussels now. dominick, is this a concession to the airlines saying that they will reveal this as state aid? >> i think that there have been howls of protest from the airline, both that they have not been offered state aid until now and that they have had to comply with european union compensation, passengers that were delayed, having their bills paid for and so forth. on the issue of state aid the commissioner responsible for transport said quite clearly that there could be a case for state aid but it would have to be relevant to the crisis. it could not be used to prop up already ailing airlines. and there would have to be a level playing field across the european union. it does
about iran? our america and china singing the same tune? >> the host with of the most, welcoming a parade of dignitaries. the prospect of a group like al qaeda obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> we cannot wait any longer before we walked down these stockpiles. the results of materials falling into the hands of terrorist groups would be devastating. >> worldwide some 40 countries possess materials, the ukraine has pledged to get rid of its nuclear stockpiles. in the corridor is all the talk is of the iranian nuclear ambition. >> so far we have been absolutely unanimous on the goal. saying that we have got to follow through on the engagement that president obama had been trying, as well as the pressure. >> and this is what international pressure looks like. at this crucial meeting they say he secured a commitment from the chinese president. beijing had been seen on the final -- as the final holdout on the security council. mr. obama wants the matter settled within weeks. iran says that america's nuclear arsenal is the global threat. a war ofon move to the u.n. security council. >> join
by 2020. he has effectively scrapped that, saying there are better ways for america to lead the way in space exploration, but the crowd is not particularly convincing. neil armstrong wrote and over it -- an open letter saying the plans were devastating. >> in practice, what is it likely to mean? >> in practice, it means meeting halfway with building rockets at cape canaveral. the president wants to turn this into a space of -- a space of. he has extended it until 2020. this president is completely committed to america's leading the way. he has introduced no money. i think a lot of people are probably waiting to see what really happens. >> britain's three main party leaders are taking part in a live tv debate, the first of three on may 26. the main parties expressed their agreement with the liberal democrats. they may hold the balance of power in a hung parliament. >> edge of the face of each man, the anxiety that comes with taking part in the first tv debate of its sort in british history. each leader giving a chance make a direct pitch to the british people. the theme tonight is do
and america chind tried to find a way to work together on this. from china's perspective, it relies on at that time at that time and has friendly relations be iran. when it comes down to it, relationships with the united states probably the far bigger issue for them and reigning? >> this is ght with jonathon charles. coming up preparing for life beyond the shuttle nasa prepares for one of the last launches. >> scott says he shot the doctor to stave lives of unborn babies. the victim was one of the few practitioners of late-term abortion performed beyond the 20th week of a pregnancy. a case that's highlighted over a bitter debate over abortion in the united states. let's get a report now from kingston in washington. >> 52-year-old scott rhoda saw himself as a foot soldier in a war against abortion. showing no repen tans during his hearing, he sought to justify the murder against the the. >> i stopped him so he could not kill again. i stopped him so he could not dismember another helpless, innocent baby. we do not need to tent a -- it's a far better place for unborn babies without sco
and respect. one based upon the truth that america and islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. instead they overlap. and share common principles. principles of justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings. >> that was barack obama in cairo. joining me from washington is the chair of the islamic studies at american university and the u.s. naval academy. first of all, i wonder, we heard the message from cairo, have this this initiative sell in the u.s.? does it play well or badly? >> it is an interesting question because the president has a special and complicated relationship with the muslim well. his father was a muslim. he grew up in indonesia. he has great empathy for muslim culture and society, but at the same time he is a shrewd political realist. in many parts of america, obama's identity, religion, on personal position -- anything that may seem to be too closely allied or sympathetic to muslims could backfire. he must balance his huge capital in the muslim world with the sympathy he enjoys there with his sense of the u.s. fearing, distrusting, and in
to be? >> america's first lady, michelle obama, has made a surprise visit to the ruins of the haitian capital, port-au-prince. a high-profile reminder to the world that hundreds of thousands of people remain in a desperate situation. the trip is part of mrs. obama's first solo tour abroad, and it's been very well received. our correspondent reports from port-au-prince. >> from her circling helicopter, michelle obama saw one of the many camps at port-au-prince which people have been forced to live in since the i think. this was the start of mrs. obama's first solo overseas trip. he and the american vice president's wife, jill biden, are there to underlie the commitment to help the country recover. >> i think it was important for jill and i to come now, because we're at the point where the relief efforts are underway, but the attention of the world starts to wane a bit. >> to make this center, they sang a welcoming song for america's first lady and also hold her hand. >> she obliged with gusto, pleading with the crowd who have their lives turned upside down by the earthquake. >> in this
're watching gmt on bbc "world news" with me me, george, on the day russia and america sign a new arms reduction treaty. let's go to prague and thereon some of the questions the leaders are taking. >> the united states and russia are prepared once again to take leadership in the direction of reducing relines on nuclear weapons and preventing the spread of nuclear weapons as well as the spread of nuclear materials. that we will have built the kind of trust not only between presidents but also between governments and peoples that allows us to move forward in a constructive way. i've repeatedly said that we will not do anything that endangers or limits my ability as commander in chief to protect the american people. and we they missile defense can be an important component of that. but we also want to make clear that the approach we've taken is in no way intended to change the strategic balance between the united states and rush ape and i'm actually confident moving forward as we have these discussions that it will be part of a broader set of examples on how we can take tactical nuclear w
on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, a breakthrough in genetics, a fertility techniques that could prevent some inherited diseases. and 40 years after "hair" caused a stir, it is back. does it still have the power to offend? >>> hello. the latest figures from chinese state media suggest 589 dead, thousands injured. from these images from china, the toll from the earthquake may be much worse. the earthquake magnitude 6.9 is classified as major. it is a remote province with a long history of earthquakes, 3,000 meters up on the tibetan plateau. china's capital is 2,000 kilometers to the eat. the epicenter was it you shoot county, 800 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital. -- the epicenter was tushuyushu county. >> that had little chance of surviving the shock, low-rise buildings made from a stone. the fear is thousands could remain buried in the remains of their houses that crumbled. the destruction close to the epicenter is expansive. 80% of the buildings have collapsed. these were the first pictures to emerge from the disaster zone, shot from surveilla
to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- will live from the rubble. at least 1000 people are dead in china's massive earthquake. and haunted by its past -- the u.k. election campaign picks up and we're in north ireland -- northern ireland, finding out what the battle for westminster means there. hello to you. it is still there, still problem, and may be spreading. the clouds of volcanic ash from iceland drifting across europe will cause disruption well into the weekend. british scientists have a specially equipped research plan to gather samples and assess the risk. they are warning conditions are very dangerous for commercial aircraft. in our science correspondent reports. >> the latest footage from the skies above iceland, and it is bad news. the plume is still rising. even now, the erection is powerful enough to force and a stream of ash high into the air, and the winds keep pushing its towards europe. sunlight struck the clouds. there are breaks. what is it hard to calculate is how dang
into america. get jobs for young frarnse. get education for latinos. create a resolution where we fix our bridges and streets. you can still save money if you have taking that money out of these hopeless wars that can not be won the way they are being fought. tavis: i didn't know that we were going to engage in a conversation that goes around the king documentary. i'm glad you saw it, though. let me dig a little deeper and ask a couple of questions. as you can imagine, i received all kinds of email mostly from thanking us for having done the piece. are organizations like al qaeda -- have made diplomacy useless? whether or not organizations like al qaeda have made the notion of nonviolence altogether obsolete and useless. the point i'm getting at here is the kind of enemy we are dealing with today, we agree that martin luther king was not an absolute passvist. how they do their deeds. does that -- the very stoil in which they operate make diplomacy nonviolence absolutely use whether he is. >> i don't remember negotiating successfully with hitler. there are a lot of evil people in history.
culture. but i have to say, i think, for instance, we're so lucky in america, we have so many conviences. we're a society that really uses, i'm guilty of this, i haven't been able to make this transition but i use a lot of paper towels. now, i have a dear friend of mine who lives in europe, they don't even have paper towels over there. it would be the rare household they use cloth then they wash them. all their appliances are smaller, they have lot more green markets, which our country is starting to have. so you don't go and buy enough stuff for a month. you are able to dart out, get what you need for a couple of days and come back. i think it is going to be new and challenging for all of us. i have great faith in the american people. >> do you share ms. weaver's great faith in america's people to make the big sacrifices that will be necessary to transition to clean energy and also to save the environment? >> i have faith that the american people will do what is in the best interest of quality of life. as long as it makes sense and good for their family and cost effective then the ameri
too manychildren to a life of poverty. >>mitchell: in urban school districts across america fewer than 50% of the 14-year olds who enter high school, graduate. that's a recipe for a permanent underclass. >>reporter: 1.2 million students drop out of high school each year. and it's not just their loss. these dropouts cost the long term economy in lost wages, taxes from the class of 2007 are predicted to total losses of more than $300 billion dollars over the course of their working lives. >> tuck: we're not prioritizing education the way we need to particularly for poor people in this country. i was down in watts yesterday, it's a part of los angeles, walked into a classroom where we're telling these young people that education's their future and they had no computers in the classroom and this is supposed to be our future, this is the hope. >>reporter: but in the past decade a new breed of innovators has emerged in the fight against declining standards, so called "education entrepreneurs". >>stecher: the new educational entrepreneurs offer an opportunity to really revitalize the system a
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